I would be quite sad to have to revert to a USB streamer, but I would since I have grown to love the analog performance of the M3;
It is my understanding that the Ethernet module/digital boards are 100% identical among the M3, M1, and M21 products, the latter two being Roon Certified and not affected by the 9/21 deadline. Not much of a stretch to think the M3 will soon join the party.
It’s unlikely a firmware update will beat the 9/21 deadline, however, and as such according to Roon if the M3 is not removed/disabled it will still function as-is after 9/21. Additionally, this assumes my Roon Rock does not go up in flames and I have to rebuild. I believe rebooting either the DAC or the CORE will not change the audio device’s "enabled" status and any such power events will not suddenly end the party.
I wonder if Aurender folks are smiling a bit brighter with this news, lol, joke, no harm meant.
Cheers folks and enjoy the music!